Your Curmudgeon has fully recovered from hurricane Irma, which struck last weekend. The shutters are down and put away, the lawn debris — loads of it — has been removed, stores are open, and things are back to normal.
Well, almost normal. Although power was restored a day after the storm hit, we still don’t have cable TV service. Comcast keeps giving us dates and times when service will be restored, but they’re always wrong and it appears that they don’t have a clue. [Addendum: That was the situation on 17 Sept. Cable service was restored around noon the next day, the 18th, so we were without TV for a week after Irma.]
There hasn’t been much creationism news recently, but we did find a couple of off-topic items that you may find amusing:
1: CBC News in Toronto reports: Toronto man ‘angry’ after learning his $8,100 master’s degree that required no exams or academic work is fake. They say:
Erwin Sniedzins doesn’t trust traditional universities. So when the Toronto business management consultant found one offering a master’s degree requiring no studying, exams, or academic work — for just $8,100 — Sniedzins thought it was a school sharing his unconventional approach to education.
He said the degree issued by Kings Lake University, which he found by searching the internet, is based on his previous life experience and professional accomplishments.
After his experience was “validated” by the university, Sniedzins said he paid the $8,100 fee, and received a master’s degree in education, specializing in technology in education. The university mailed him the degree and several other signed, stamped and apparently certified documents. He said he even received a graduation cap and gown.
Any doubts Sniedzins may have had were also eased by what appears to be a sworn affidavit, included in his package of documents, supposedly signed by former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry.
Tough luck. He should have taken advantage of what your Curmudgeon offers — see Earn a Degree in Creationism Today!
2: The Washington Post has this headline: The world as we know it is about to end — again — if you believe this biblical doomsday claim. Here’s a bit of it:
A few years ago, NASA senior space scientist David Morrison debunked an apocalyptic claim as a hoax. No, there’s no such thing as a planet called Nibiru, he said. No, it’s not a brown dwarf surrounded by planets, as iterations of the theory suggest. No, it’s not on a collision course toward Earth. And yes, people should “get over it.”
But the theory has been getting renewed attention recently. Added to it is the precise date of the astronomical event leading to Earth’s destruction. And that, according to David Meade, is in six days — Sept. 23, 2017.
You can click over there and read the whole thing, if you like.
That’s all we could find, so we’re declaring another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.
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